"Blogging the Institutes" is my on-going attempt to paraphrase John Calvin's work, the Institutes of the Christian Religion. You can find out more about the series in the Introduction. For all the posts in this series, check out the Master List. God Rules Over the Devil Satan cannot do anything against the will and consent of God. … Continue reading Blogging the Institutes | 1.14.17-18 | God Rules Over the Devil
"Blogging the Institutes" is my on-going attempt to paraphrase John Calvin's work, the Institutes of the Christian Religion. You can find out more about the series in the Introduction. For all the posts in this series, check out the Master List. Biography of the Devil One thing should motivate us to continually battle the devil: the fact … Continue reading Blogging the Institutes | 1.14.15-16 |Biography of the Devil
I learned nothing new from this book. And that's a good thing! Because it means that we're (generally) on the right track in our discussions about church planting as pastors and elders. The Nuts and Bolts of Church Planting by Aubrey Malphurs is a basic template for planting just about any kind of church. The steps … Continue reading The Nuts and Bolts of Church Planting
Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998) was a Britist missionary for many years to India. He wrote many books focusing on the church and her mission. The Open Secret introduces some key issues surrounding the concept of mission. Because church plants must be mission focused in order to survive, the book has direct implications for shaping the discussion around church … Continue reading The Open Secret
Courage does not consist in drawing lines. It consists in holding them. Especially in today's church climate, the need for courage is the order of the day. Yet courage is so often misunderstood. On the one hand, those of a "confessionalist" background who adopt detailed, multi-page statements of faith (like the Westminster Standards) deride those … Continue reading On (Theological) Courage
Many people get stuck in the past. Maybe you're stuck right now. Maybe you feel guilt over something you've done (time doesn't heal guilt). Maybe you feel shame over some evil done to you. Maybe you're angry at a friend and holding a grudge against them. I don't know what you're situation is. But God does. … Continue reading I can’t let the past go. Help!
Bible reading methods are not created equal. Some methods will lead you down a path of legalism and bondage. They place the emphasis on what you must do. Other methods will take verses horribly out of context in the attempt to make them relevant to your life. Those kinds of methods will not help you. … Continue reading How to get something out the Word (almost) every time